Caregiver Stories

“There’s no such thing to say that we can’t.
We learn, try and keep on doing.
Definitely we can achieve our goal”

– Khatijiah, single mum & caregiver

These Caregiving Stories will Inspire You.

Every now and then, family caregivers need a little inspiration to motivate them along our caregiving journeys. That’s why, since 2011, the AWWA Caregiver Service team has been collecting such stories from Singapore’s caregiving community, including the extraordinary people met on our nationwide Model Caregiver Awards.

We’ve gathered stories from caregivers providing for their loved ones with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Mental Illness, and conditions including rare diseases.

We hope that you will find a story below to inspire you on your caregiving journey. And if you know a family caregiver who needs some inspiration, why not share one of our videos with them?

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Yesterday, our team from AWWA Caregiver Service (Disability) brought families of caregivers and their loved ones to the Singapore Flyer for a day of fun. For most of the 72 attendees, it was their first visit. Enjoy the video montage from the outing! 

Outing to Singapore Flyer
3 June 2017 ❤️

Yesterday, our team from AWWA Caregiver Service (D...

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The biennial Model Caregiver Awards celebrate the tenacity, perseverance and dedication of exemplary family caregivers of all ages and backgrounds including young students, working adults, retirees or domestic helpers. 

Over the years, the awards have come a long way in representing caregivers in Singapore, and aims to continue its tradition of inspiring others through the stories of ordinary people who have gone the distance in caring for their loved ones.

The Awards saw the highest participation since its inception in 2007, counting 66 nominations from 18 agencies across the Intermediate and Long-term Care (ILTC) and Social Service sector. Organisations, from which 40 recipients were selected across the 5 categories – Model Caregiver (Individual), Model Pioneer Caregiver, Model Caregiving Domestic Helper, Young Model Caregiver and Model Caregiving Family. 

Initiated by AWWA Caregiver Service in 2007, organisation of the awards process took on a collaborative sector-wide approach this time. AWWA worked with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), as well as four community partners - Caregivers Alliance, Movement for the Intellectually Disabled Singapore (MINDS), St. Luke’s Eldercare and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Services.  

These are their stories, as told in collaboration with Singapore TV veteran, journalist and veteran Naleeza Ebrahim.

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"I couldn't tell her. I'd go down for a walk on th...

Single mum Madam Khatijah, a technician, has faced many challenges since becoming caregiver to her two special needs children 13 years ago.

Khatijah's older son has severe autism and requires individualised care, while her younger son was born with intellectual disability. Yet, with the help of her sister Ms Marziya, she has strived to provide quality care for her children without financial support from her incarcerated ex-husband, while also caring for their mother with chronic diabetes. Together, the sisters are committed to the boys’ educational development at Rainbow Centre, Singapore, Eden School, and Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)

Khatijah & Marziya were recognised by AWWA Caregiver Service for their determination with the Model Caregiving Family Award in 2015, which was created to celebrate families that care for their loved ones together in Singapore. This is their story, told with contributions from SGX Bull Charge, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), SG Enable, and National Council of Social Service.

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This story will inspire mothers everywhere.

Lee Fang is the primary caregiver to Caleb, her teenage son with autism.

Years ago, in search for a treatment strategy for Caleb, Lee Fang worked diligently with some parents to bring in the Applied Behaviour Analysis method for their children, and taught other parents this method in a social enterprise she continues to manage in order to benefit other children and their families. For her efforts and contribution to the community, Lee Fang was recognised by AWWA Caregiver Service in 2012 with the Model Caregiver Award.

Today, the mother of two juggles her caregiving role with that of a co-facilitator - Lee Fang works closely with the social workers of Rainbow Centre, Singapore's Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC), where she has been a committed parent volunteer since 2005, sharing her caregiving journey with other parents as well as Special Education teachers. #LIUB

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"I'm his wife. I will definitely take care of him ...

In 2008, Madam Jayamalini’s husband abandoned her as a single mother to raise their three boys, two of whom have special needs. Her second son was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay at birth and requires frequent hospital visits, while her youngest son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Although it was an emotional struggle for Jayamalini, she never gave up. Her eldest son, 12 year old Isaac, became Jayamalini’s pillar of strength as she persevered to overcome depression and thoughts of suicide. Together with Isaac, the former part-time bus attendant has grown to be determined, optimistic and independent, as she cares for her family while making a living as a home based office worker. This is her story.

Jayamalini and Isaac were recognised by AWWA Caregiver Service for going beyond her role with the Model Caregiving Family Award (Merit) in 2015. We are pleased to tell her story with contributions from SGX Bull Charge, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), SG Enable and NCSS Singapore.

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